Mules are back: Prada, Balenciaga, and Gucci are celebrating the revival of the most famous hybrid in footwear history. Fashion editor Oriane on the classic shoe
A mule is the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse – ooops! Sorry, wrong topic! The mule is also a style of backless shoe, of course, often closed-toed. Mule? What a terrible word! However, it’s no mistake that they both share the same name. How are they the same? They are both hybrids. A mule combines the characteristics of a donkey and a horse. With regards to the shoe, the mule combines elements of two types of footwear: the pump with its high heel and partially or entirely closed-in front, and the open-backed slipper. Now it all make sense!
After being worn largely by men in the 16th and 18th centuries, the mule’s reputation declined and it became associated with prostitutes – especially the pink ones with feathers and, of course, a matching boa! Then mules experienced some popularity in the 1950s thanks to Marilyn Monroe – Poupoupidou! – but it was only in the 90s that they made a true comeback with Carrie Bradshaw and her signature style: Manolo Blahnik mules.
I used to hate them back in the day when I was watching Sex and the City: their shape, but also the funny sound they made while walking. With feathers and glitter, they were hardly wearable. And, indeed, they were only seen in our favorite TV show (or in erotic shops)! However, thanks to the likes of Prada, Balenciaga, and Gucci, mules are no longer reserved for sexy lap dances at home or in the court of Louis XVI. They are now back on the streets and we just want to watch Sex and the City all over again – for the 6th time… – to get inspired!
French and Swiss, Oriane moved to Berlin to pursue her interest in all things creative. She loves art and photography and does a lot of yoga, also to balance out her passion for great cuisine - a real foodie so to say. And of course, she is obsessed with fashion, which you can tell from her weakness for peplum cuts and ruffles. At hey woman! Oriane is responsible for shooting, producing and styling as well as editing and collage design.